Erin E. Carlson received her B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) in 2000. She went on to graduate studies funded by the NIH Predoctoral Biotechnology Training Program at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2005 under the direction of Professor Laura L. Kiessling. Subsequently, she was awarded an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship for studies at The Scripps Research Institute with Professor Benjamin F. Cravatt. In 2007, Dr. Carlson received an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00). She joined the faculty at IU in the summer of 2008.
Professor Carlson's research program centers around development and application of advanced chemical biology and systems biology technologies to both define the mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and identify potential therapeutic agents. We are pursuing the development of technologies for natural product discovery including innovative methods for compound isolation, screening, and diversification. We are also utilizing state of the art metabolomic and proteomic methods to map the biochemical pathways associated with bacterial pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance. Projects in Dr. Carlson's research group are highly multidisciplinary and members will gain expertise in organic synthesis, chromatography, mass spectrometry, structure elucidation, proteomics, metabolomics, biochemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology.